Category: Science

10 Dec by admin

We Have Ways To Stop Rogue Scientists. They Don’t Always Work.

How do you stop a mad scientist? We’ve been doing it in fiction for centuries. Doctor Faustus was carried off to hell. Pneumonia and an Arctic ice flow ended Victor Frankenstein. Doctor Moreau’s own creations ultimately did him in, which is a more poetic way of saying that he ended up on the wrong end […]
10 Dec by admin

City frogs have sexier calls than country frogs, study finds | Environment

Living in a forest might sound romantic, but city life makes males more attractive to the opposite sex – at least if you are a túngara frog. Researchers have discovered that urban males of the species have more attractive calls than their rural peers. The scientists say this is down to greater competition for mates, […]
10 Dec by admin

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10 Dec by admin

Should We Be Worried About Computerized Facial Recognition?

Stephen Lawlor and David Hunt have witnessed a lot of bullying. Among the principal victims, in their experience, are young, first-time mothers, who are sometimes so intimidated that they’re unable to eat. Isolating their tormentors in a separate group isn’t a solution, Hunt told me: “They just knock the crap out of each other.” The […]
10 Dec by admin

The Neurons That Tell Time

In June of 2007, Albert Tsao, a nineteen-year-old native of Silver Spring, Maryland, was working in Trondheim, Norway, at the Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience. Tsao was a summer intern in the lab of May-Britt and Edvard Moser, married researchers who were well known in neurobiology circles for discovering “grid cells”—neurons that, by tracking our […]
10 Dec by admin

Famous musclebound kangaroo named Roger dead at 12: report

Roger was rescued by the owner of the Kangaroo Sanctuary in Alice Springs, Australia from his dead mum’s pouch. (The Kangaroo Sanctuary/Instagram) The adorable red male hit the headlines in 2015 when photos of his muscly body and enormous biceps circulated online. Roger was so ripped he could crush metal buckets with his paws. While […]
10 Dec by admin

What a Japanese-American Artist Inherited from the Atomic Bomb

When the U.S. dropped the atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Michael Koerner’s mother, Kimiko, was an eleven-year-old girl living in Sasebo, a mere forty miles away from the epicenter of the detonation. She grew into womanhood on that irradiated land, and married her American sweetheart—a civil servant with the Department of Defense—after a nine-year courtship. They […]
10 Dec by admin

Scientists develop 10-minute universal cancer test | Science

Scientists have developed a universal cancer test that can detect traces of the disease in a patient’s bloodstream. The cheap and simple test uses a colour-changing fluid to reveal the presence of malignant cells anywhere in the body and provides results in less than 10 minutes. While the test is still in development, it draws […]
9 Dec by admin

Love Is Not a Permanent State of Enthusiasm: An Interview with Esther Perel

From the New Yorker Festival, the couples therapist and podcast host discusses infidelity, apologies, and the problem with wedding vows these days. The psychotherapist Esther Perel knows how to work a room. Since the publication of her first book, “Mating in Captivity,” in 2006, she has travelled the world, speaking to audiences about love, sex, […]